Pressure Group To Goodell : Boot The Who From SB XLIV

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Citing Pete Townsend’s 2003 arrest on charges of possessing child pornography, the Florida-based AbuseWatch.net is petitioning the NFL to have The Who removed from the Super Bowl halftime show, February 7.  From the December 24 edition of The Times :

Protect our Children has asked immigration authorities to stop him from entering the US on the grounds of his œmoral turpitude.

They said that the decision to hire Townshend showed a œblatant disregard for American family values and was œa slap in the face to victims of child sexual abuse. They warned the NFL that it risked a œbreathtakingly ugly public backlash.

Kevin Gillick, president of Protect our Children, which works to bring awareness of child abuse, said: œPeople tune in from all over the world and they are going to get a British sex offender on their screen. Townshend taking the stage at the Super Bowl is offensive to victims. We are incensed.

Though I was a little surprised it took this long for Townsend to be vilified by one of these organizations, it seems these folks have a had a hard on for Pete (if you’ll excuse the expression) for a while.  5 weeks before the Super Bowl doesn’t give the NFL much time to secure a suitable replacement, but with a new album to promote, perhaps R. Kelly will cut the league a deal?

One response to “Pressure Group To Goodell : Boot The Who From SB XLIV”

  1. CMG says:

    So I getting off on the charges is not enough in the court of ‘public opinion’. How about they haven’t made an album worth a damn in 25 years? How about that the NFL needs to drop baby boomer wet dreams and get real arena rock bands in there? But all of that aside, I thought Townshend being a rock star made him a shepherd of family values a bit of a non-starter.

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